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Jake Hertzog: Throwback

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With his fourth solo venture, nascent New York-based guitarist Jake Hertzog beckons the services of celebrated jazz trumpeter, Randy Brecker. His conspicuous synergy with longtime associates, bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Jones is true to form on a set that highlights an uncanny blend of harmonically appealing content and edgy jazz-fusion extravaganzas, heightened by Hertzog's judicious use of distortion techniques. Throwback represents a significant level of maturity attained by this young artist, largely owing to a host of memorable compositions. Brecker's presence, among other positives, instills a sequence of glaring contrasts and vibrantly enacted discourses. But Hertzog's ...

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Jake Hertzog: Evolution

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Guitarist Jake Hertzog's previous recordings as leader, Chromatosphere (That's Out, 2009) and Patterns (Buckyball, 2010) created a stir, with reviewers comparing his talent to just about every jazz and rock guitarist who's ever been described as a legend, from the 1940s on. What this hints rather broadly at is Hertzog's cross-generational approach and stylistic variation which define his music, though he's essentially a modernist. The effusion of comparisons has, perhaps, heaped heavy expectations on both the guitarist--still only 25--and listener, so an open mind is an asset when approaching his music. The title of Hertzog's third album ...

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Take Five With Jake Hertzog

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Meet Jake Hertzog: Jake Hertzog's accomplishments as a jazz musician mesh with his love for the rock idiom, creating almost an entirely new musical language. His new album, Evolution, co- produced by the great jazz bassist Harvie S, the original compositions (except for Jake's version of Bruce Springsteen's “Streets of Philadelphia") have been mastered to perfection--and is a recording destined to become a classic.Past achievements include winning the Grand Prize in 2006 for the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland. Jake holds title at 20 years old as the youngest ever prize winner in the competition's ...

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Jake Hertzog: Evolution

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Evolution is the third solo outing from guitarist Jake Hertzog, Guitar Player Magazine contributor and member of the rock band, The Young Presidents. Although the album appears weighted towards jazz fusion, it is the rock-inflected phrases woven into the music that saves it from running into all-too-familiar jazz guitar footprints. The generational sound of this recording is only slightly more youthful than Marc Ribot or Nels Cline, its title referring, perhaps, to the advancement of an unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back. Hertzog does, however, rely on the traditionally experienced to assist with ...

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Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere

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Jake Hertzog is a guitarist who crosses the threshold into the jazz and jazz-fusion radar with the advent of this impressive 2009 studio set. Hertzog is a Berklee College of Music graduate and, at nineteen years-old, won the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival's Grand Prize in the Jazz Guitar Competition. He communicates a broad music vernacular here, within a comfort zone provided by the superfine rhythm section that includes pianist Michael Wolff on three pieces.

Among the anticipated methodologies, Hertzog puts the effects pedal to the metal in certain spots, where he merges sustain-based licks with variable slants atop ...

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Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere

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Twenty-two year old guitarist Jake Hertzog, a native of Champaign, Illinois, delivers a truck-load of youthful energy for his power trio release, Chromatosphere. The Berklee College of Music Graduate is helped out on the self-produced, chops-heavy session by bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Jones. Pianist Michael Wolff joins in on three tracks.

Hertzog's music moves through heavy jazz-fusion, instrumental progressive rock and straight-ahead bebop, all with an explosive, effects-driven edge. Tunes such as the opening “California Hills" and the smooth jazz sounding “Back," have clever, catchy melodies followed by demonstrative, wild guitar solos. The angular “Bonding," “Nectarine" and “Monkey ...

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Jake Hertzog: Chromatosphere

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Jake Hertzog's Chromatosphere (That's Out Records, 2008) presents the brilliant young guitar picker at his best in a talented combo of New York sidemen. At 22, Hertzog is just beginning his career, and the release--his first--is clearly intended to draw attention and establish his name, with strong compositional statements and clever covers of classic tunes.

Hertzog leans towards modern harmonies. It's not clear if he can play a dominant chord without something getting diminished or augmented, but he uses his chords well.

Backed by bassist Harvie S., drummer Victor Jones and pianist Michael Wolff, ...



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